A 35-year-old man doing doughnuts in a stolen tractor at a Wyoming County baseball field struck a state trooper who tried to arrest him earlier this week, state police at Tunkhannock said.
George Zacharias Jr., 35, 864 Star Hill Road, Monroe Township, is charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and other counts from the Tuesday morning (Jan. 30) incident.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper Albert Levanavage, the tractor’s owner reported that he saw his missing machine doing doughnuts in a baseball field near Plattsburg Road in Monroe Twp. State police set out to find it.
They found the tractor in an open field next to Hoyt Road and, lights and sirens on, tried to stop it.
Instead, the tractor drove over a stone wall and into an adjacent field.
Troopers saw two people come out of the woods near a house on Star Hill Road, where they last saw the tractor, and ordered them to stop.
A woman did. A man, later identified as Zacharias, ran back into the woods.
State police followed the footprints he left behind in the snow for one mile before apprehending them. Zacharias fought against his arrest and swung his elbow into the left side of Trooper Cody Scepaniak’s face.
A syringe and spoon, common items used to prepare and inject narcotics, were found in Zacharias’ pants pocket.
Zacharias is in the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.